Orange PushUp Smoothie

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike with my friends to the local gas station’s mini-mart and reach into their freezer case and pull out an Orange Push-Up.

If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, or Orange Julius this is the smoothie for you.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

I loved Push-Ups and seeing those brightly colored dots meant that creamy orange goodness was soon going to be mine.

I love it when Push-Ups begin to melt because they taste even sweeter, creamier, and better.


The same was true with this smoothie.  As it began to melt, it got even better.

This smoothie is a dead ringer for Orange Push-Ups.

Don’t skimp on the sugar if you want it to taste exactly like an Orange Push-Up and I promise, it does.

Sweet oranges ‘n creamy perfection.

I used this mango-orange from Hawaii’s Own brand for the concentrate.  It was on sale for 99 cents for the can at my grocery store and I was being cheap being budget conscious and didn’t want to buy the Minute Maid which was $3.29 for one can.

If you can’t find this concentrate, I’m sure any OJ concentrate or citrus juice concentrate blend should be fine.  I really didn’t taste mango per se, just an orangey citrus flavor.

This recipe made three good-sized smoothies and since I wasn’t going to drink them all at once, I popped the leftover smoothie mixture in the freezer and realized after the fact that I should have poured the extra into Popsicle molds for homemade Push-Ups.  Next time, I’ll do that.

For now, I’ve been eating it like orange sherbet style with a spoon from the glasses I poured it into and then froze.

The variations of what I’m going to do with this addictive orange mixture is exciting and has my wheels turning:

1. Pour it into molds and freeze like traditional Push-Ups (or frozen into ice cube trays or poured into paper Dixie cups with a makeshift stick inserted and peel off the paper cup after it has frozen)

2. Freeze it and eat in a bowl as orange sherbert

3. Drink it smoothie style

Now if the weather could just warm up a bit so my teeth don’t chatter while I slurp copious amounts of orange sugary liquid.

But I’ll shiver and chatter for this stuff any day.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

Orange Push-Up Smoothie

This smoothie tastes like a classic Orange PushUp. If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, Orange Julius, or orange soda, you’ll love this easy, sweet and creamy smoothie. The recipe makes more than you may need at once. Pour the extra into glasses and thaw later for smoothies or pour into bowls for orange sherbet; or into popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice cube trays. Or simply halve the recipe. Add sugar to taste. It will vary significantly based on personal preference and brand of concentrate used. I used Hawaii’s Own brand in the mango-orange flavor from Ralph’s (Kroger) grocery. The smoothie is vegan provided vegan milk is used and is gluten-free.


1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed

1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk, vegan milk, etc.)

1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste (you can reduce the sugar or use an alternate sugar substitute such as stevia but it won’t taste as close to classic Orange Push-Ups. Many people use much more than 1/2 cup, myself included. I used about 1 cup in my version)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups ice, or to taste

1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste, optional


  1. Combine all ingredients, except ice and optional alcohol, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated. Keep blending until it dissolves.  If desired, add a splash more water or milk.
  2. Add the ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Only Eats

If you’re a fan of fruity and creamy smoothies, try:

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Or just cut to a dessert smoothie with a Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie.  Use peanut butter or almond butter if that’s what you have available because there’s a cookie butter shortage.


Do you like Push-Ups?

Do you like orange drinks?

I also love Orange Julius and Orange Crush soda.  I haven’t had either in years, but I am fond enough of Orange Crush to order Orange Crush checks.

I am apparently stuck in a 1982 timewarp where people still write out checks and long to lick melty Push-Up with dots on the paper wrapper from the gas station.

While I’m at it, I’d like to do this all while watching The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company reruns and use my bike as my primary mode of transportation.   Ahh, childhood memories.  And maybe I’ll pour an Orange Creamsicle soda while I’m at it, too.


351 comments on “Orange PushUp Smoothie”

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  2. Just made them and blogged about them.

    Sadly they didn’t turn out good for me. Not sure if it was the brand but it was very bitter and when I added the sugar it made it taste worse. Pretty dissapointed

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  5. Yum these are so good, my grand daughter is gonna love them. Thanks for recipe!

  6. Like you, orange push-ups were a staple of my childhood! I will have to make these sometime for my daughters (with some sugar variations :P)….aaaaand myself :)

  7. I hope it is alright that I pinned your recipe on Pinterest.

    If not, please email me and I will remove it from there but still make the recipe! :}

  8. Swoon !! Going to make these this week ! Amazing job on the pictures too !!

  9. Are we using the 12 oz. size orange juice?

    • Yes, one standard sized can. Please note the brand I used as it really was lovely and I have heard other people complain about the brand of concentrate they used; just a tip for you but any brand will work, really.

  10. have a kid home from school today, I have made this as the recipe indicates before, but my youngest doesn’t like oranges (go figure) so today I made a grape version…Big Hit! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. This did not turn out for me :( It was so bitter and adding sugar just made it really grainy. I am so sad, it looks delicious! I didn’t read the whole post about the type of concentrate making a difference. Bummer!

    • Sorry that you didn’t have success but the type of concentrate appears to be a huge part of the success or failure rate…maybe try another concentrate and also blend, blend, blend. If you don’t have a vitamix, I’d say 5 minutes maybe? With a Vita, I blend for at least 3 mins so there’s no graininess.

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  15. What size can of orange juice concentrate – the 6 oz size or the 12 oz size?

    Thanks, can’t wait to try it.

    • This is the exact concentrate I bought and used. It was like 99 cents on sale at my groc store, half the price of Tropicana and so good. Others have complained their concentrate they used was too sour or not good but I can vouch this one is great. I believe it’s just the 6 ounce size, just the “average” size of canned concentrate, not huge. Sorry…I RARELY buy concentrate so don’t know what the standard sized cans in the grocer’s freezers are…just the “regular” good old-fashioned kind.

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  19. looks so yummy it makes me want to go buy a blender right now!!!

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  21. I can’t wait to try this delicious looking smoothie! You’re SO right about push ups when they’re s
    mushy.. they are irresistible!

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  23. These smoothies sound amazingly good!! I thought I’d send my EZ Orange Julius recipe for your to try. It’s sooo simple, and my girlfriends can’t get enough of the sweet, orangey goodness!

    Supplies needed:
    Your favorite orange juice (if using concentrate, prepare according to directions, but use only 3/4 can of water)

    Vanilla ice cream

    Vanilla extract

    Orange extract

    Orange curls, for garnish (optional)

    In a blender, combine the orange juice and ice cream by using a slow speed to start and working up to a mid-range speed for about 30 seconds. Use the orange and vanilla extracts, to taste. You really don’t need the extracts, but it does heighten the flavor. If you use the extracts, use only a couple of drops, mix, and taste. Continue in this manner until you have your desired flavor. Pour into a crystal goblet or a plastic cup and garnish with an orange curl. Serve, sit back and wait for the accolades!

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  25. Made these. They are yummy. The concentrate I used was a little bitter, next time want to try the Hawaii’s Own brand. I would reccomend using half a can of regular concentrate to start and adding more if you need more orange flavor. I will be making it again!

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